police4aqi

Police, The Fourth Amendment, Qualified Immunity

Johannes Mehserle, 4 other BART officers cleared

leave a comment »

Johannes Mehserle, 4 other BART officers cleared.

Carrethers’ attorney, Christopher Dolan, said Thursday that a crucial difference between the two cases was video evidence – jurors in the Grant case saw other passengers’ cell-phone videos of the shooting, but neither side in Carrethers’ case offered any evidence from bystanders, and BART did not preserve videos from a camera at the station.

“Had a video been there (for Carrethers), justice would have been served,” Dolan told reporters.

Mehserle testified that he saw no need to obtain videos or contact passers-by because the officers and two station agents all agreed on what had happened. BART now requires its officers to get videos from station cameras after such incidents, said Dale Allen, the lawyer for BART and the five officers.

Comment: Because the issue on BART is often allegations of police misconduct (which might be true or not), it is difficult to understand why BART would have the police be the ones to retrieve the videos. It flies in the face of preservation of evidence imperatives. Fox guarding the hen house.

Written by Burgers Allday

December 6, 2011 at 3:44 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

Tagged with

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: